It is forbidden for adoption agencies who do Russian adoptions to post photos of children available for adoption. Apparently they’re not legally allowed to show parents referral photos or medical information, either, although many of them find a way to do it. It gives people great comfort to have a picture of their referral and I honestly don’t see what the problem is, but apparently the Russian government thinks differently.
I find this a little ironic, actually, because last year the Russian government posted the biggest photolisting website of all in an effort to get Russian people interested in adopting the tens of thousands of children available for adoption in Russia in a massive database. The website is http://www.usynovite.ru/db/.
The best way to read the site (in case you don’t read Russian) is to go to the website, then open up another browser page and use a translation service like Babelfish. Babelfish will translate whole web pages at a time.
I wasn’t able to use the “search” function on the translated page, so I think the best thing to do is see where on the page in Babelfish the “search” function is, then go back to the Russian version and click in that spot.
You can search gender (Babelfish translated this as “floor of the child”, age, by region, and even by hair or eye color. You can also search by sibling status (i.e. they have a sibling or they are an only child) and whether or not they are available for adoption or guardianship or what Babelfish translated for me as “the receiving family.” I’m not really sure what those last 2 things are but I think to be safe you should check “adoption.” You don’t have to indicate eye color or hair color or sibling status to make it work. You actually don’t have to indicate any of it to make it work, although I would narrow it down a little. There are a ton of chidren on the database.
I just spent half an hour torturing myself by looking at little girl babies who are available for adoption, and I also check the site from time to time to see if Little J’s siblings pop up on there. I have been told they’ve been adopted, but I have no reason to believe that’s true (although hopefully I’ll hear from my Russian beaureaucrat friend any day now)so I look and look for the names I’ve been given and any family resemblance.
This is a great site to keep in your “favorites” folder – if you are waiting or if you’ve already been given your referral. I also see great potential for those of you who are searching for siblings, like I am.